Wine racks must not only fit in with your home decor, but they also have to be functional. They present the opportunity to organize and store a wine collection, while also beautifully displaying any fine and rare bottles. Luckily, wine racks now come in a variety of design options, from wall-mounted to wooden modular racks perfect for a wood-lined wine cellar.
Whether you need a freestanding wine rack that also holds your treasured crystal glasses or simply want a nice way to store your Friday night wine bottles, you may need a little guidance to pick the perfect one for you. To help you along with this search, we sent some of our current favorite wine racks to experienced at-home product testers (and wine experts) to gather valuable information to bring you their top picks. During testing, we evaluated each wine rack based on design, assembly, durability, and overall value.
Here are the best wine racks for connoisseurs and enthusiasts, according to our tests.
J.K. Adams Wooden Ash Modular Wine Rack, 12-Bottle
Made sustainably in Vermont
Has kind of a Nordic minimalist look
If you’re shelling out for expensive wine (or even if you’re not), it’s nice to have a beautiful wine rack that you can admire as you place your bottles within it. Our favorite is the J.K. Adams Ash Wood 12-Bottle Wine Rack. 12 bottles not enough? J.K. Adams also makes a 40-bottle wine rack option as well that we happily put our co-sign behind.
It does require a bit of assembly (the clear instructions make this part easy), but promises to be light and durable. Plus, while the standard shape is square, you can customize the rack to be longer and rectangular or any number of geometric shapes — the unit is completely modular.
Our tester found this a useful feature – she could reconfigure the rack to fit in various spaces or shelves. The incredibly durable, sturdy unit made her feel secure leaving her favorite bottles in these shelves. It’s made sustainably in Vermont by a second-generation, family-owned business, yet it's still affordable.
Price at time of publish: $54 for the 12-bottle rack
Materials: Wood | Dimensions: 13.25 x 13.25 x 11 inches | Bottle Capacity: 12 | Weight: 1 pound | Assembly Required: Yes
"This is my favorite wine rack I've come across. I appreciate that it's customizable—stack low and horizontal if that's the configuration that fits your space, or build it into all sorts of geometric formations if you want a more design-forward rack. I have a lot of wine, so I appreciate this unit can be customized to my space. You can even separate it into two different racks if you're short on space!"
Pengke Freestanding Wine Rack
Light & Compact
Gold details add a little glamour
Great for countertops
Can't accommodate larger bottles like sparkling wine
Those who want to show off their wine collection while adding decorative flair to their kitchen or bar cart will love the Pengke gold honeycomb wine rack. The bonus is the wallet-friendly price tag.
Measuring 10.3 x 8 x 10 inches, this free-standing countertop rack holds up to six standard bottles of wine. The geometric design means it won’t wobble or tilt, even if the bottles are placed unevenly. This rack is no assembly required—it arrives fully welded together, and the outer layer is a rust-resistant coating. The lightweight metal rods are easy to maneuver but may warp slightly if dropped or put under extreme pressure.
Our tester liked the elegant look of this wine rack and its compact design. It was also a plus to have it arrive already assembled. Because of the smaller hexagonal shape, however, each compartment could only fit standard-sized bottles of wine. She found even the Burgundy-style bottle shape was a little tight.
Price at time of publish: $22 for the wine rack in gold
Materials: Metal | Dimensions: 10.3 x 8 x 10 inches | Bottle Capacity: 6 | Weight: 13.6 ounces | Assembly Required: No
It’s important to note that how you store your wine can either enhance or ruin your wine. It’s best to set up your wine rack in a cool, dry area that’s away from direct sunlight. If you leave your wine in any spot that regularly gets above 70 degrees, you risk cooking it. If the wine gets too cold, you risk drying out the cork. Keeping the cork moist is also why you want to lay your wine bottles down horizontally (unless they have a glass topper or screw-on cap).
Best Wooden Modular
J.K. Adams Ash Wood 40-Bottle Wine Rack, Natural
Made sustainably in Vermont
Has kind of a Nordic minimalist look
Modular systems give you the opportunity to expand your wine rack as you build up your collection. J.K. Adams’ stylish modular wine rack system can fit any space. Made of sustainably harvested hardwood grown in Vermont, this wine rack holds 40 bottles, with the final grid flexible to your needs. This means you can assemble the wine rack to fit your cupboard, cabinet, or cellar perfectly. It’s also infinitely expandable.
J.K. Adams offers these racks in two wood options, oak, and ash, and all are backed up with a lifetime warranty.
Price at time of publish: $169 for the 40-bottle rack
Materials: Wood | Dimensions: 16 x 11.5 x 7.25 inches | Bottle Capacity: 40 | Weight: 22.85 Pounds | Assembly Required: Yes
Sorbus Free Standing Wine Rack, 40 Bottles
For budding wine collectors, it’s worth investing in a larger storage system. The Sorbus Free-Standing wine rack is extremely efficient. The shelf itself has a slim profile but is able to hold up to 40 bottles of wine. This 10-tier rack holds standard still or sparkling bottles in an attractive but minimalist display.
This rack measures 40 inches tall and uses scalloped metal rods to secure four bottles per tier. The unit itself is sturdy, but if you plan to fill the rack to capacity, it can be mounted to a wall for extra stability.
Our tester liked the minimalist design and large capacity of this wine rack but noted that wall-mounting is worth the trouble if you’re considering bottle-aging wine at home, or investing in any expensive bottles. The small metal feet are stable enough for everyday use but might sway a little if the rack is bumped or shaken.
Price at time of publish: $51 for the 40-bottle rack
Materials: Metal | Dimensions: 15 x 9.50 x 39.50 inches | Bottle Capacity: 40 | Weight: 9.33 pounds | Assembly Required: Yes
“The Sorbus wine rack has the capacity to accommodate your growing bottle collection. The simple design won't distract from the elegance of your wines."
Best for Refrigerator
mDesign Freestanding Wine Rack
Either stack them or leave them flat
Great for keeping bottles cold
Plastic looks cheaper
It’s fine to store your wine in your regular refrigerator for up to a few days. Of course, fridges are known for getting messy, so you’ll want to pick up an easy-to-clean wine rack, like this one from mDesign. This clear plastic wine rack holds two bottles horizontally and two vertically and is stackable for those who have the room.
Our tester appreciated this was stackable—stacked, it didn’t fit in her fridge but laid side by side she could keep her wine from rolling about on her fridge shelves. With each unit only 4 inches tall and 8 inches wide, they can fit in every type of fridge. The BPA-free, shatter-resistant plastic means it can stand up to the busiest of households.
When not in use, the rack is the perfect size to hold water bottles or sodas. mDesign also offers this rack in a three-bottle option.
Price at time of publish: $27 for the 4-bottle rack
Materials: Plastic | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches | Bottle Capacity: 4 | Weight: 1.63 pounds | Assembly Required: Sort of (if you stack it)
"I like this product. The concept is nice—if you don't have a built-in wine holder in your fridge, or if you don't own a wine fridge, I appreciate this unit allows a dedicated space in your fridge for wine—it prevents bottles from rolling about. This would be a great unit for a mini fridge. So many units don't have space for wine bottles!"
Sorbus Wall Mount Wine Rack, 9 Bottles
Can use multiple racks vertically
Mounts to wall
Included mounting hardware isn't top-quality
Mounting your wine rack to a wall is one of the easiest ways to store your wine without taking up too much real estate. This option from Sorbus is perfect for a small collection and gracefully fits any home decor. The metal wine rack holds up to nine bottles, both standard and Champagne shapes, and only takes up 25 inches of wall height. The bottles lie horizontally, which helps keep the cork moist during storage.
It's worth noting that many reviewers suggest using stronger wall anchors than the included screws. Our tester seconds this—the original anchors felt flimsy, and she worried about how stable the unit was in her drywall.
Price at time of publish: $25
Materials: Metal | Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 38 inches | Bottle Capacity: 9 | Weight: 1.4 pounds | Assembly Required: No
"I like the concept—rather than take up a bunch of room on a floor or my counter, this rack's footprint is on the wall. I have many bottles with fun, visually-forward labels as well, so this rack felt like a great way to show them off."
Mango Steam Countertop Wine Rack, 6 Bottles
Versatile (can be used horizontally or vertically)
Handles for easy moving
Easily grown out of
The darkness of a pantry or kitchen cabinet is great for storing wine. No matter what size cupboard it is, this wine rack from Mango Steam should do the trick.
The alloyed steel Mango Steam wine rack offers flexibility to suit your needs. For a space-saving option, this rack can be used as a three-tier vertical storage system. For a more sturdy display, or to fit under cabinets or shelves, the rack can be laid flat to form two tiers measuring 8 inches high. Made from steel with a durable powder coating, this glossy black or metallic wine rack is sure to last for decades. Each rack holds up to six standard bottles of sparkling or still wine. The vertical base doubles as handles, so you can easily maneuver the rack into a new space when needed.
Our tester thought this rack felt sturdy, and it accommodated still and sparkling wine easily. The product images show this product staged both horizontally and vertically but our tester would not recommend using it vertically, as this reduces the stability. When used horizontally, the rack was more stable but took up more space. The handles added extra width to the rack and didn't seem necessary.
Price at time of publish: $30 for the 6-bottle rack
Materials: Alloy steel | Dimensions: 14.8 x 7.72 x 5.59 inches | Bottle Capacity: 6 | Weight: 1.3 pounds | Assembly Required: No
"The Mango Steam is a no-fuss way to to store wine properly."
Best for Small Spaces
Mango Steam 23-Bottle Wine Rack with Glass Table Top, Pewter
Holds almost two cases of wine
As a wine enthusiast is building out their collection, they might not have ample room to store the additional bottles. That’s when a piece like this 23-bottle wine rack from Mango Steam comes in handy. Less than 16 inches wide and 27 inches tall, this free-standing wine rack won’t take up too much floor space and can even be placed inside a large cabinet or closet. The decorative black glass top gives you extra space for accessories [removing bottles because it seems a bit fragile]. The wine rack is made from durable steel and comes with floor levelers for stability.
Our tester noted that she was surprised at how durable this wine rack is considering how easy it was to put together. She was worried it would be flimsy but felt completely safe leaving all her bottles in this unit for an extended period of time. It even fit her chunkier pet-nat and Champagne bottles. Our tester appreciated that an allen key was included—you don't even need a screwdriver to put together the unit. She also liked the overall footprint. It can hold 23 bottles, but it's snug enough to tuck away in the hall closet.
Note that higher-end wines should be stored at a 45-degree angle, with corks facing down. This wine rack subtly slants the wines to the optimal angle.
Price at time of publish: $100 for the 23-bottle rack in pewter
Materials: Pewter | Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 27 inches | Bottle Capacity: 23 | Weight: 12 pounds | Assembly Required: Yes
"This wine rack is ideal for small spaces. It's snug enough to fit in a cabinet or closet while remaining spacious enough to hold 23 bottles. I appreciate that it lets the bottles arch downward—that's the ideal way to store wine so the liquid hits the cork, preventing oxygenization."
Out of all of these home-tested wine racks, J.K. Adams Ash Wood 12-Bottle Wine Rack takes our top spot. This stunning piece is made from sustainable wood in Vermont and is customizable to fit your space. If you have an extensive wine collection, the Sorbus Free Standing Wine Rack can hold up to 40 bottles and comes highly recommended.
How We Tested
All of the wine racks in this article have been carefully chosen by our editors and writers. Expert home testers spent weeks evaluating all of the products featured here. After rating each item based on a comprehensive list of methodologies, and ranking them on key attributes, our experts provided personal feedback to update this roundup.
Some of the attributes we looked for and rated each item on included assembly, design, durability, and overall value.
What to Look for in a Wine Rack
This is more of an issue if you plan on stashing your wine rack above ground level, like on a bookshelf or counter or something. If you’re placing it atop something freestanding, make sure it’s not too heavy (and won’t be too heavy with full wine bottles in it) for your piece of furniture to hold.
Make sure to measure the space you intend to put your wine rack in, and then compare it with the dimensions of the racks you’re considering. If your wine rack doesn’t fit your space, you’ve got a problem.
This really depends on how many bottles you like to keep around. You can find racks that hold as little as one to three bottles or many, many more. You may find that once you have a wine rack you love that you’re inspired to buy more wine, so it can’t hurt to get one with a bit more room than you think you’ll need.
This all depends on your preference. Generally, you’ll find wine racks that are either wood or metal, but you can find ceramic versions, as well. Just know that if you’re storing this in a more humid part of your home, like a cellar, the wood could warp or discolor.
How do you organize a wine rack?
Ultimately, the best way to organize your wine rack is the way that makes sense for you. Most people who organize their wine racks go by wine type (red, white, sparkling, etc.), grape, or even country or origin. Another great way to organize your wine rack is to go through your bottles and get rid of the ones you’ll never drink. Chances are, one of your friends would be happy to take your leftover bottle.
How deep should a wine rack be?
Around 10 inches deep is standard. A standard wine bottle is about 12 inches tall, so this allows the neck of the bottle to jut out a bit, making it easier to see which bottles you’re stocked with.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Madeline Muzzi home-tested many of the wine racks featured here. She is a Certified Sommelier and freelance lifestyle writer. Her writing has appeared on sites such as Eater, Heated, and Elemental, and her videos have been published on The Cut and in The New Yorker.
Kate Dingwall, a wine and spirits writer and a WSET-trained sommelier at a Michelin-recognized restaurant, also home-tested many of the wine racks in this piece. She has spent eight years writing about the field and over a decade as a bartender/sommelier. For this piece, Dingwall interviewed several different noted sommeliers and bartenders to find out the best way to hack your mulled wine.
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